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June Newsletter

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We visited some lovely hotels last month and had even more presentations from hotels from around the world visiting us in the office.  Here are just a few that we have come across.  If you think they might work for an event that you are considering, please do get in touch and we can send you more information.  If you would like to share some of your hotel experiences, we would love to hear from you.

Karen recently visited Abu Dhabi and visited the Yas Hotel (soon to be the W).  The meeting space, gym and many of the bedrooms, overlook the racing circuit.  There is also a top floor pool, and with sun loungers, it is the perfect place to relax.  Karen ate in the Amici, which is an Italian Restaurant and was really impressed. 

One Aldwych has reopened.  This stunning luxury London hotel has been refreshed, reimagined and completely redesigned and we think the results are stunning! As well as the beautiful bedrooms there is a choice of dining options from the modern British Indigo Restaurant to the Spanish inspired Eneko Basque Kitchen, health club (with pool) and 4 meeting rooms for up to 60 delegates including a plush screening room for 30.

Tanya visited Fawsley Hall last month and had a very enjoyable stay.  “The Spa was great, food was delicious and all of the staff that I came in contact with were really helpful and friendly.  We did a gin tasting afternoon tea which was a lot of fun and something a bit different.”

Are you looking for a special venue in the West Country?

Clifton Observatory is in a very special location and, as well as the indoor space which can seat up to 75 in theatre style or 60 for a seated dinner, it has a Roof Terrace which can hold up to 120 for a standing drinks reception and has incredible views overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.  Perfect for a summer event!

We visited Cricklade House Hotel recently and the one thing that really stood out was the friendly attitude of the staff.  The overall feel was homely and welcoming.  The hotel has 45 bedrooms, many of which have been given a makeover with new furniture. The public areas are also currently being refurbished with new furniture arriving soon and we all felt that the outside space (30 acres) would be perfect for summer events and team building.

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May Newsletter

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As we move into the summer our thoughts turn to ways to make the most of the nice weather.  We have had several requests for Corporate Fun Days as companies treat their staff and families to a fun filled afternoon or evening.  So, we thought we would highlight some great activities that we can organise for you and an idea of the costs involved.  There are options for all group sizes.

Once we know where and when you want to have your fun day, we will contact some suitable venues to get the costs for ground hire and catering.  We can also look at accommodation costs, at the venue or locally, which can be offered to your guests as an optional extra so that they can make a real day of it!   Here is a pick and mix menu of some activities and approximate costs

£500.00 to £700.00 each

Sumo Suits

Balloon Artist

Face Painter

Bouncy Castle

Crazy Golf

Funfair Stalls

Human Football

Archery

Segways

Air Rifles

£700.00 to £900.00 each

Photobooth

Falconry

Gundogs

Duck Herding

Laser Clay Shooting

Inflatable Obstacle Course

Over £900.00

Wipeout

Bungee Trampoline

Water Walkers

Climbing Wall

Zip Wire

Stilt Walkers/Jugglers

Adult fairground rides from £3000

These approximate costs are per item and are excluding VAT, there may also be a delivery charge depending on your venue and potentially a management fee to co-ordinate the activities depending on how organised you want the event to be.

This sort of event lends itself to fantastic catering options such as BBQ’s, Hog Roast, Ice cream carts, Popcorn carts, as well as Pick and Mix Sweet stations.

And don’t forget that venues can be dressed too.

Here are some venues that might be suitable for an external event

The Walled Garden, Beeston Fields is a lovely venue, best on weekdays as they are busy with weddings at the weekend!

Easthampstead Park  has recently been refurbished and they are looking to create 76 new bedrooms in addition to the 29 currently available.  Set in 60 acres of grounds there is enough space for even the largest of events.

Eastwood Hall has 36 meeting rooms as well as the outside space, including this large terrace area. There are 150 bedrooms for those wishing to stay over.

Sporting venues often hire out their outside space for events and we’ve found Racecourses offer an excellent mix of indoor and outside space for any numbers.  Windsor racecourse has outside catering facilities too.

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April Newsletter

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What a beautiful Easter weekend!  I hope you enjoyed some time off and have come back to work fully refreshed.

Here are some lovely hotels and venues that I hope might interest you and some ideas on how to make the most of your events budget.

What is the purpose of a meeting or conference?  There is always an agenda to follow, an exchange of information and ideas but more than anything it is a chance for delegates to get to know each other.

A great way to do this is during breaks and at the end of the meetings.  Many hotels offer themed breaks to get the delegate talking such as strawberries and cream in Wimbledon week, or ice creams outside on hot days.

If your event spans a couple of days an evening of fun can build a rapport between delegates that will continue once back at their desks, so make the most of the summer with a BBQ, jugs of Pimm’s and some classic activities.  Venues can often provide outdoor games such as Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Draughts or Croquet and if you want more can always bring in additional activities such as a coconut shy, bucking bronco, hook a duck or duck herding and if you want to step it up to another level we can add a full on fair-ground!

We love 30 Euston Square in London.  The State rooms offer excellent meeting space and the roof terrace provides the outside space for refreshing breaks, with complimentary garden games.

We had a presentation from the Royal Museums Greenwich this month which offers a variety of spaces for all types of events, with space in the Planetarium, the Museum or the extensive grounds for numbers from 10 to thousands and all just a stone’s throw (or a boat ride) from central London.

Tewkesbury Park has a Pizza oven and BBQ area outdoors with space for team building activities.

“Time is Money”.  Even a simple meeting can take a couple of hours for the venue searching, calls and emails so by having the nexusvenue team do the venue searching for you we will free up your time for other things saving you money in the process.

We always get the best rate available at the time of booking and if you are looking to accommodate a group or have an event enquiry, we will negotiate with the venues to try to get you the best space and maximum inclusions within your budget.  The larger your booking the more we can negotiate for you so please let us know what we can do to ensure the venues fit your requirements.

Two New Brands to keep an eye out for…

Moxy Hotels are a Marriott Brand found worldwide but relatively new to the UK with hotels at London Excel, Heathrow and Stratford, with Bristol, Southampton, York and Birmingham opening by 2020.  these hotels are bright and fun with their own individual style. 

Voco Hotels are popping up all over the place! These are new additions to the IHG family (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental) and as they have a unique quality that doesn’t quite fit in with their recognised brand’s they are becoming Voco Hotels.  This will include Voco Oxford Thames, Voco Oxford Spires, Voco St Johns Solihull and Voco St David’s.

We are here from start to finish, the more information you can give us before we start our search the better, if there are some hotels or venues that you think might work, let us know so we can get quotes from them and can find others to give you a choice.

We know requirements often change, so let us know which venues are unsuitable, we can release them and send more options.  Nexusvenue doesn’t get paid if the event doesn’t confirm through us, so we will do all we can to find something that you love.

Here are some venues that we booked recently that you loved…

We always have good feedback for Tylney Hall as they put a strong emphasis on service.  Nothing is too much trouble and the team are on had if plans change during an event.

Stratford Manor offers really good value for money with a team dedicated to ensuring the smooth running of your event.  Food and service are always of a high standard too.

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